Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blueberry Jam

This summer has permanently converted me into a homemade jam fanatic.  Jam is a time consuming job, but I promise that if you are suffering through a Chicago winter with some homemade jam on toast, it won't be so bad.  Maybe you should ask me if I still mean it in February, but for now I swear by it!  I made this batch of blueberry jam when I was visiting my sister, but today I made five more jars to have for myself in Chicago.  It's fantastic.  Yep.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Homemade Olive Bread

Ever since I got into cooking, I have had this fear of making bread... and pie crusts... and other baking, dough-y things... it's so gooey and precise.  BUT, since I was with Kristen and she has made bread before, we decided to try it out.  We chose to make an olive bread - because apparently Kristen likes olives now?  It turned out perfect!  Next time I will add some fresh rosemary and thyme!  For those of you that have the same block as me, try it out.  Get some friends together for an afternoon or evening, watch a movie, and let the bread rise.  The time will pass before you know it!